Letters to the Editor for April 3, 2013
Published: Wednesday, April 3, 2013 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, April 2, 2013 at 4:18 p.m.
I have learned much watching Mayor Craig Lowe's DUI accusation unfold. Both Lowe and his opponent, Ed Braddy, acted honorably by not making political hay of this matter in their campaigns. They both understand how mistakes can build character.
What I have seen among the electorate, however, is how quick they are to throw stones. Frankly, it's shameful. Even presidents who are not teetotalers may imbibe a few beers at some political function while in command of the nuclear hot button. Nobody says a word about that.
For those who have drinks with dinner at a restaurant before returning to their car, for those who have done the old abrupt nod-off, jerk-awake routine in a vehicle after an exhausting day, step back and look to the issues of our city and its future.
There are two candidates in the race with two visions for Gainesville. Speak with the vote rather than bitter, destructive elitism.
I must admit I'm a little surprised The Gainesville Sun, in the editorial section, is not cutting Mayor Craig Lowe any slack. They want answers as we do in the community.
I figured The Sun would just sweep it under the rug. I never thought I'd say this, but good job Gainesville Sun!
Now did the sheriff give Lowe special treatment? When did she know about the accident? What was the first officer on the scene told to do?
Money better spent
The only legitimate reason I have heard yet about wanting to be annexed into the city is the ability to vote in city elections. I really think that if these folks took the money that they would spend for fire assessment fees, stormwater management fees and increased property taxes, and spent that on whatever issue they feel strongly about, it would have a lot more impact than their one vote.
Getting involved with politics is great, but don't condemn everyone to all those increases just to be able to cast a vote. There are a lot more ways to be involved.
Tasers for teachers
I'm maybe kind of young (29), but when I was in elementary, middle and high school we always had resource officers who were sheriff's deputies and always armed every day on campus. I assume my county, Suwannee County, is not the only one in Florida to have this policy.
My mother is a high school teacher. If students know — and trust me, they will find out — which teachers have a gun, they will find it if they want to. Also, I'm fairly sure no teacher would brandish a firearm against a student.
Maybe Tasers for teachers? It would allow enough time for the resource officer to take over the situation. Just an idea.
Jack Martin's March 30 letter expressing his alarm at Sen. Rob Portman's about-face regarding gay marriage prompts me to say that I was more interested in Portman's inability to understand and empathize with the human condition until it stared straight at him in the face of his own gay son. But better late than never, I guess.
What's alarming to me is Martin's equating homosexuality to prostitution and adultery. Really? Did Portman's son make the moral decision to be gay? Did Martin "decide" to be heterosexual? I doubt that.